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Day of Rest

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I didn't do any walking, not even the dogs' yesterday, but my pedometer read 9818 steps when I got up this morning. I went to bed at 11:00 and woke up at 8:00 with bright sunlight shining in the window. I had toast and peach jam for breakfast, and the BW commented on how good it tasted, so we're up and running.

I am taking the day off, letting the antimalware software do it's full scan, and just laying around until tomorrow. The Sunday paper is done, but I have a good book to read and good movies on Netflix, so I think it will be OK. Now I'm going to have watermelon and cantaloupe for lunch.

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/22/2011 9:38PM

    Ooooh. I love this turn about. You had a lazy day and I worked my butt off.

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MS.ELENI 5/22/2011 8:36PM

    I am glad to hear you finally took a day to rest. I got all kinds of fruit today.I have had watermelon,cherries,and strawberries today.LOL

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MRDPOLING 5/22/2011 6:17PM

    I've done NOTHING today. It has been GREAT!

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Peach Jam is Fine, Party Was Not

Saturday, May 21, 2011

For all of your comments, the jam turned out fine. I let is sit on the stove for a few hours until it was cold, then carefully put it in the refrigerator. This morning, it was nice and stiff, but still spreads on toast without too much trouble. It's just like store-bought, except Sure-Jell says a tablespoon is only five calories. It's nice and peachy, but the two tablespoons of lemon juice make it a little tangy too. I had four pieces of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and jam for breakfast. It was like having dessert.

Then we spent the entire day doing the party in the park, and in the end took in a total of $176.00. I added up all the receipts, and we spent $172.12, so the net gain is $3.88 for a full day today, getting ready, and cleaning up. Twelve of us showed up, but a couple didn't stay all day. On the other hand, some of us put in 9 hours just today, and I now have to take a few things back to Sam's Club because we weren't allowed to sell drinks at the last minute. We may show a $25 gain in the end.

The irony is, we would have been farther ahead if I had just donated the $6 that I spent on three beers.

  
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THINRONNA 5/24/2011 5:44AM

    :)

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MS.ELENI 5/21/2011 10:32PM

    Sounds like jam was a success but party wasn't so good.And it was hot out there too.

I love PB and jelly toast

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No More

Friday, May 20, 2011

A couple of days ago I picked all the peaches because they were falling to the ground by the hour. We have been eating peaches, and today I finally went through the remainder. I threw away a lot of them, scalded and peeled the rest, and made sugar-free jam out of the yield. According to the pectin packet, the calories for each tablespoon of finished product are 45 if made with the regular recipe, 30 if made with the less sugar recipe, and 5 if made with the "no sugar needed recipe." (Than means Splenda, or sucralose.) I used sucralose. The whole mess is cooling now, and I'll find out tomorrow if it jelled.

I made grape jelly once in Indianapolis, because we had a Concord grape vine that produced bushels of fruit. I used three times the recipe's required juice and it did jell. It was also the best grape jelly I have ever tasted. This time the BW wants it sweet, so I followed the recipe. I hope she likes it, or I'll be eating a lot of toast with peanut butter and peach jam.

  
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THINRONNA 5/21/2011 1:52AM

    I hope it sets up! I just made rhubarb jellies and they did not set up so I put the whole mess back in a pan...guessed at how much more pectin to add...reheated it all and this time it set up. But these are supposed to be like candy rather than jam. Let us know how it all turns out!

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GLC2009 5/21/2011 12:16AM

    i'm hoping we get fruit this year. we just moved to this place a couple years ago and we have alot of different fruits growing. last year none of the trees grew fruit, but, the year before was a bonanza!

i want to learn how to can and particularly can sugar free stuff.



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MS.ELENI 5/20/2011 11:10PM

    Hope your jam turns out ok.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/20/2011 10:29PM

    I have lots of peach jam in storage. I like it but fail to eat it. Don't know why.

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Party in the Park Preparation

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I walked the dogs this morning, then met Dan at Nelson's to inventory the supplies the Kiwanis have. He took the pizza shells, cheese, and pepperoni home to thaw in his refrigerator, and we met at Sam's Club the buy the missing material. We bought 80 hamburgers, 80 buns, ketchup, two jars of pizza sauce, two boxes of Pepsi (would have been three cases in the old days), paper plate, and paper napkins. When I took the Pepsi and hamburgers back to Nelsons (hamburgers in the freezer) I found another 320 napkins, so we probably shouldn't have bought the napkins. The only good news is, they won't spoil. We have tons of water, propane, etc. And Jim Engle is bringing his generator for the pizza oven.

We will be selling at Pop Stansall Park Saturday from eleven to three, so we meet at Nelson's at 9:45. This is the most reasonable event for a long time - I get tired of being at Nelson's at 6:00 AM on a Saturday. Dan is going to get 100 one's for change, and I will get a bunch of fives and tens. I also get back the $106 I spent at Sam's eventually, as well as our starting change.

  
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MRDPOLING 5/19/2011 8:55PM

    A Party in the Park sounds great!

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MS.ELENI 5/19/2011 6:52PM

    Good luck Saturday

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/19/2011 6:16PM

    Sounds like a plan in effect and ready to go.

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THINRONNA 5/19/2011 3:31PM

    It sounds like your all set! Have fun!

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Computer Cleanup

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

You know how much fun it is to clean out a filing cabinet, or closet. Today I decided that I really should clean up this computer. I don't know how old it is, but it's a Windows XP Media Center. One bit of software says it's a single 64 bit processor, so you know it's getting old - and slow.

Today I went to the administrative part of Windows, did a disk cleanup and disk defrag, searched for PC cleaners, ran the free PC Cleaner software, and came up with 10,634 problems. I paid the $29.95 and cleaned up the problems, then eliminated about half the programs that I didn't starting at turn-on, and got a computer that works a whole lot faster than it used to - doing everything. It turns on and boots up in a fraction of the time it did take, and the browser images pop up at about the same speed as my son-in-law's new liquid cooled machine did when we visited in October.

Sometime it pays to clean out the closet - I wish I had done it sooner.

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/18/2011 11:57PM

    I spent a Saturday recently watching my WH rebuild my computer. He thinks that since I sat beside him as he did it, that I'll be able to do it myself sometime. Ha Ha. I have a lot of respect for you in your willingness to take all this on. Sounds like it was time well-spent.

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MRDPOLING 5/18/2011 7:44PM

    I have to do that too but been putting it off 'cause I am lazy. hehe!

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MS.ELENI 5/18/2011 7:16PM

    I do the disk clean up and defrag often but need to do the other stuff you did.But I am afaid to tackle it as i know it will mess up on me.It would help some if I get rid of all the cookies for now

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PEGGYANNSCH 5/18/2011 6:35PM

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